Groundcherry and Goldenberry Project

Welcome to the Groundcherry and Goldenberry Project!

“The Physalis Improvement Project”

The genus Physalis is part of the Solanaceae family (also home to the well-known tomato and potato) and is home to the edible species of peruviana and pruinosa. These species are commonly referred to as groundcherry and goldenberry as well as many other regional names. Plants produce small edible fruits that range from sweet to tart with a variety of unique flavors. This project aims to further explore the cultivation of peruviana and pruinosa in New York state and gauge potential for local food systems. The Physalis Improvement Project is led by the Van Eck research group and is made possible through funding from The Triad and National Science Foundations.

Project Goals

  • Gather information from stakeholders involved in the production and consumption of Physalis
  • Use information gathered for crop improvement
  • Heighten the visibility of Physalis as a specialty crop in New York State

Meet the Project Team

Pictured: Nathan Reem, Kerry Swartwood,Esperanza Shenstone, Brandon Williams, Joyce Van Eck

The Physalis Improvement Project is led by members of the Van Eck research group at BTI.

Where are Our Growers?

Interested in participating as a citizen scientist during the 2019 season*? Sign-up below and we will be in touch once the season gets closer.

*Citizen scientist project is contignent on continuation of funding

A Night Celebrating Physalis

Physalis Harvest Event 2018 Thank you to all who could join us for our 2018 Physalis Harvest event! It was night of fun, food, and physalis. It was a great opportunity to interact and hear from participants about their experiences growing Physalis this season, and...

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Biology Minute: Husk Formation

The Physalis genus is known for the husks that surround its fruit, an attribute that offers protection from pests and disease, increases shelf life of berries, and in the case of Chinese lantern, adds ornamental value. Although commonly associated with Physalis, these...

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